URBAN RETREAT 2017: Making Friends with Yourself

with Jonathan Herson

August 11th—August 18th (2017)

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  • $300.00 Program Price
  • $375.00 Patron price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Making friends with ourselves is a continuous process that lies at the heart of spiritual practice. This essential aspect of the Path can be overlooked in the pursuit of unrealistic goals and/or spiritual fantasies dramatized by our materialistic society. This retreat program provides us with the opportunity to explore this process and personal journey in an urban environment and consists of intensive meditation practice,Shamatha, Vipashanna and Tonglen, guided group instruction, personal interviews, dharma talks and group discussions.

Jonathan Herson will be leading this retreat. He has been practicing, studying and teaching for over forty years. He was a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and is currently studying the Scorpion Seal teachings with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.




- Patron Level: $375.00 week/$80.00 day
  (Supports those who are unable to attend a program at the Regular price)

- Regular: $300.00 week/$65.00 day

- Work week special: $200.00 (After work to end of day, plus Saturday and Sunday)

The Urban Retreat qualifies as a completed “Weekthun”, if attended in its entirety.

Sample daily schedule:
8:30AM - 9:00 AM   Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00AM - 12:00       Session 1
12:00 - 1:00PM      Lunch
1:00PM - 1:30 PM   Work Period /Rest
1:30PM - 3:30 PM   Session 2
3:30PM - 4:00 PM   Tea
4:00PM - 5:30 PM   Session 3
5:30PM - 6:30 PM   Dinner
6:30PM - 9:00 PM   Session 4
Sessions consist of Meditation Practice, Dharma Talks, or Group Discussio

Discounts available as needed/requested. The Philadelphia Shambhala Center has a generous scholarship policy. Please contact [email protected] if you wish to make special arrangements for payment.

For questions or more information please contact Diane Klein: [email protected]